Oiva Toikka (1931-2019) was a Finnish glass artist and designer. He is best known for his whimsical and colorful glass birds, which have been produced by the Finnish company Iittala since the 1970s. He was born in Viipuri, Finland (now part of Russia). He studied ceramics at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, but later switched to glass. He worked at the Nuutajärvi glassworks in Urjala from 1953 to 1972, and then at Iittala from 1972 until his death in 2019.
His glass birds are known for their intricate designs and use of vibrant colours. He often used traditional Finnish folk art motifs in his work, such as flowers, birds, and animals. Toikka's birds are also known for their playful and whimsical qualities. Toikka created over 400 different glass birds during his career. His most famous designs include the Tuulilintu (Wind Bird), the Kaksi Kotkaa (Two Eagles) more...
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